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Engineering Newswire: TRON lightcycle breaks out of the system

April 10, 2015 9:17 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

RM Sotheby’s, a collector car auction house, will be auctioning off a real-life TRON lightcycle that is being touted as a work of mobile art. The custom electric vehicle was built for RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection, which features a lineup of 75 cars....

Magnetic rotary encoders now include communications interfaces

April 9, 2015 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA has introduced two new communications interfaces for its high-precision IXARC magnetic rotary encoders. These versatile, compact and cost-effective devices are now available with PROFINET and EtherCAT interfaces. The networking technologies supported by the new communications interfaces ...

LED work light on quadpod features retractable cord reel

April 9, 2015 3:35 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 60 watt base stand LED work area light mounted atop an extendable quadpod equipped with a retractable cord reel. The WAL-QP8-WP60PM-GRC50 from Larson Electronics is an aluminum quadpod mounted work area LED light that provides ...

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QD Vision and Konka launch quantum dot TVs in Chinese market

April 9, 2015 3:29 pm | News | Comments

At the China Information Technology Expo Konka, one of China’s leading HDTV manufacturers, unveiled a pair of new quantum dot UHD TVs based on QD Vision’s Color IQ optics. QD Vision’s quantum dots enable Konka to deliver its most visually-stunning TVs ever....

Baltimore police often surveil cellphones amid US secrecy

April 9, 2015 1:04 pm | by JACK GILLUM and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Baltimore Police Department has an agreement with the U.S. government to withhold certain information about secretive cellphone surveillance technology from the public and even the courts, according to a confidential agreement obtained by The Associated Press. On Wednesday ...

Cybercrime fighting group takes down Beebone botnet

April 9, 2015 1:00 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new group of international cybercrime fighters claimed one of its first kills Thursday, pulling the plug on malicious servers that hijacked at least 12,000 machines, most of them in the United States. The elimination of the Beebone botnet is an early success chalked ...

This is why arming domestic drones is a very bad idea

April 9, 2015 12:56 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

UAVs represent a potential goldmine, with commercial and scientific functions and a treasure trove of DIY applications on the docket. But for every hobbyist tinkering in their lab, there’s a police force planning surveillance activities and untold privacy concerns....

Rectifiers feature a power capacity of 6 kW

April 9, 2015 12:23 pm | by Ge Energy | Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE's new GP100 line of power rectifiers provide data- and power-intensive three-phase applications with the industry’s first compact, 1U , 6-kilowatt (kW) 54-volt AC-to-DC power rectifiers. The new GP100 line includes GE’s GP100R for data center and telecommunications rack or cabinet mounting and its GP100M for embedded data ...

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Bluetooth smart SoC aimed at high volume consumer markets

April 9, 2015 11:39 am | by Dialog Semiconductor (Dialog North America) | Dialog Semiconductor (Dialog North America) | Product Releases | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announces three additions to its successful SmartBond family of ultra-low power, Bluetooth Smart System-on-Chip (SoC) integrated circuits. The devices, aimed at high volume, high growth consumer markets, are the smallest and lowest power wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet-of-Things (IoT)....

Engineering Update #105: Driverless vehicle makes a cross-country trek

April 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and quite a bit of criticism when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve proven themselves capable on shorter trips,  but Delphi has undertaken a whole other challenge. An across-the-country road trip....

Army center shows glimpse of next-generation synthetic training

April 9, 2015 9:03 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Army training will likely always involve Soldiers going to the field and firing their weapons. But in the near future, it will also involve a lot more training in "synthetic" environments to make time in the field more productive and meaningful....

Wet tantalum capacitor offers improved vibration capability

April 9, 2015 8:12 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new tantalum-cased wet tantalum capacitor with a glass-to-tantalum hermetic seal that is approved to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) drawing 15005. For avionics and aerospace systems, the device is the industry's first wet tantalum capacitor approved to ...

A digital field guide to cancer cells

April 8, 2015 6:04 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Scientists are mapping the habits of cancer cells, turn by microscopic turn. Using advanced technology and an approach that merges engineering and medicine, a Yale University-led team has compiled some of the most sophisticated data yet on the elaborate signaling networks directing highly ...

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The demands of mobile devices

April 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Rick Wietfeldt, Chairman of the MIPI Alliance Technical Steering Group and Senior Director, Technology at Qualcomm | Articles | Comments

Our smartphones have become indispensable and the value we attach to these devices will continue to grow along with steadily advancing device capabilities. New designs coming to market showcase increasingly sophisticated components: ever-faster 4G/LTE ...

Japan’s first indigenous stealth fighter could take flight this summer

April 8, 2015 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has been overly protective of the F-22 Raptor — and rightfully so. The air-superiority weapon is our ace in the hole against 5th-gen fighters like China’s Chengdu J-20 & Shenyang J-31 and Russia’s PAK-FA, and to that end, we’ve banned the F-22 from export....

Tesla boosts range, power, and price of low-end Model S

April 8, 2015 9:48 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model. But the added features at the low end of the Model S lineup will come ...

How to train your astronauts

April 8, 2015 9:45 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Training an astronaut is no easy task. Astronauts go through years of rigorous technical, health and safety training to learn simple and complex tasks for a typical four to six month mission. They develop skills in systems, robotics, spacecraft operations ...

Taking aim with precision-guided firearms

April 8, 2015 8:54 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Hunting requires a lot of patience and skill, and nothing can be more frustrating than a missed shot on a target a few hundred yards away. Austin-based TrackingPoint has developed a fully integrated, precision-guided firearm system that ...

Components of risk: Counterfeit electronic parts

April 8, 2015 8:06 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

The electronics industry benefits from innovative leaps and incremental developments from an impressive number of engineering disciplines. No matter if a technological problem centers on process, device, or circuit design; thermal or mechanical engineering ...

New technology making drones safer and smarter

April 7, 2015 2:19 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

"Our new technology allows safe operation of drones beyond the operator's line of sight, which is crucial for commercial use of drones, such as parcel delivery," says Prof. Davide Scaramuzza, co-inventor and Director of the Robotics and Perception Group....

Should we train vets for renewable energy jobs?

April 7, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Barack Obama has made renewable energy a keystone of his presidency, and part of his efforts include training an estimated 75,000 workers for the renewable energy industry by 2020. Last week, Obama announced a "Solar Ready Vets" program....

And the winner of the Raspberry Pi 2 is...

April 7, 2015 10:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The characteristic that I love the most about the Raspberry Pi 2 was actually the one that made this competition so difficult to judge. The fact that people of ages and experience can use the board for so many different applications and  purposes is inspiring, but also a little daunting for judging.

Narrow band transceiver offers a low-power, reliable data link

April 7, 2015 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Mini – MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) NiM1B-154.570-5-12.5-MURS is a frequency programmable narrow band transceiver that offers a low-power, reliable data link in a Lemos/Radiometrix transceiver standard pin out and footprint. It is suitable for licensed and unlicensed VHF allocations, FCC part 90 ...

NASA and IBM rally global developers around space exploration on the IBM Cloud

April 7, 2015 9:21 am | News | Comments

IBM announced that it will offer its Bluemix platform for the NASA Space App Challenge Virtual Event to help developers rapidly build applications that contribute to space exploration and solve global challenges. IBM will also collaborate with ...

A possible breakthrough for hydrogen cars

April 6, 2015 4:51 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel. This method uses abundantly available corn stover - the stalks, cobs ...

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